Kristy Murray,1 Christopher Walker,1 Emily Herrington,1
Jessica A. Lewis,2 Joseph McCormick,1 David W. C. Beasley,2
Robert B. Tesh,2 and Susan Fisher-Hoch1
The Journal of Infectious Diseases 2010; 201:24
West Nile virus (WNV) RNA was demonstrated in 5 (20%) of 25 urine samples collected from convalescent patients 5732452 days (1.66.7 years) after WNV infection. Four of the 5 amplicons sequenced showed 199% homology to the WNV NY99 strain. These findings show that individuals with chronic symptoms after WNV infection may have persistent
renal infection over several years.
a clinical presentation of encephalitis, were male, and had a history of hypertension. One patient developed kidney failure
following his illness. Three patients were 16 years past their initial infection."